Doctoral Programme in Governance | Key Facts
- 3-year, English language doctoral programme
- Academic training in research design and methods
- Strong advisory structure and close interaction with the School’s research community
- No tuition fees, living cost stipends available
The programme starts in early September each year. The candidates will be prepared for their dissertation research by colloquia and common coursework in research design and methods during the first year of the programme. Candidates will find a unique support structure for their independent research in the subsequent years of the programme: Depending on their topics, students are associated with one of the Hertie School’sResearch Clusters which bring together faculty, visiting scholars, post-docs, and candidates to discuss their projects and research progress in the stimulating context of the cluster colloquium. The programme is complemented by a set of skills workshops offering special training ranging from research methods to professional development. Please consult our programme description for more information.
Structure & Supervision
From the first year onwards, each PhD candidate works with a doctoral committee which eventually comprises three dissertation advisors who provide intellectual guidance and monitor the candidate’s research progress. The first and main advisor is a Hertie School Core Faculty member. One of the other advisors should be a professor from outside the Hertie School.
The Doctoral Programme in Governance does not have tuition costs. To ensure that our PhD students can focus on their research, we offer a limited number of living-cost stipends for excellent candidates. For more information on financing your PhD studies at Hertie School please see our Funding section.
Work Plan and Professional Development
The candidate agrees on a work plan with her/his advisor which serves as basis for the advising and supervision process. The work plan serves as a timetable of when to submit parts or chapters of the PhD thesis and as a track record of changes and amendments to earlier versions. The goal is to identify students' strengths and weaknesses and to develop strategies to support them towards completing their work within three years and to prepare them for the next steps of their careers. Please consult our programme description for more information.
How to Apply
A complete application encompasses:
- Online application form
- The transcripts and certificates of all acquired university degrees
- A curriculum vitae
- An English proficiency proof (TOEFL IBT 100, PBT 600, CBT 250; Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE C, CAE B; or IELTS overall 7.0 incl. writing score 7.0)
- A funding statement to explain personal circumstances and funding situation: integrated in the online application (see Funding Process for details)
- A short letter of motivation (600 words maximum)
- A research proposal (5000 words maximum) with
- description, goals, and methods of dissertation project
- timetable of dissertation project
- Name(s) of potential dissertation advisors from the Hertie School Core Faculty
- Two letters of reference (in English language) from scholars at universities or research institutions
The application portal will open in early October. The priority deadline for applications is 1 February. Late applications are possible until 1 May. Applicants are usually informed within two months after submitting their application. We recommend that you apply early as you usually need an offer of admission to secure a third party stipend.